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Hooray for meat!

Jan. 30th, 2009 | 12:51 pm
location: Berkeley, CA
mood: cheerfulcheerful

We didn't make it for the whole month of Jan - lasting just three weeks before the lethal combination of a company weekend in Sun Valley and the immediate follow up of Chinese New Year dinner had us abandoning the wagon. It was just too hard. The first evening of the company event, we gamely ordered the one vegetarian option: a decent tasting vegetarian loaf dish. It was all right, but much too weak to combat the whiffs of lamb and beef and elk from everyone else's plates. We decided to not torture ourselves for the second night. Luckily. I had the best tasting trout of my life during that second dinner!

I don't regret the three weeks of experiment. Any time you drastically change up your diet, your taste buds get completely screwed up. I find that everything tastes stronger and richer. Just a little bit is enough to satiate. Also, the experiment helped kicked off incorporating breakfast and vitamins into our routine.

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Jan. 9th, 2009 | 12:34 pm
location: Berkeley, CA

We tried Swiss chard for the first time last night for dinner. It's really, really tasty! There's a delicious earthy undertone, like spinach, but stronger and earthier. It's also just a bit sweet, making the mouthful generally rich.

According to some random weight training website's calories and nutrition facts, Swiss chard is:
one of the vegetables highest in health promoting nutrients.

Swiss Chard nutrition information: low in calories, high in fiber, 0 weight watcher points, packed with obesity and cancer fighting nutrients.

Just take a look at this! Vitamin K, A, C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, etc... All the stuff I should get more of. Especially as we decided to try a whole month of fregetarian. :)

That's right: "free" + "vegetarian" = "fregetarian".

Basically, we're gonna be vegetarian for until Feb. 1. But we don't wanna be one of those people who complicate eating out for everyone else. So the guidelines are to eat no meat (dairy is okay) unless we're invited to someone else's thing and they're serving mostly just meat.

I'm interested to see if we can last a whole month. I already don't generally buy or cook meat. But, I do eat out quite a bit. And, it's going to be pretty difficult to eat our favorite Chinese dishes during the meat ban. Also, no sushi :( Yesterday, as I was lugging home groceries from the Berkeley Bowl, I passed by the corner hamburger place and just a whiff had me longing for a bite. I don't usually crave meat, so I'm attributing this to that strange human psychological condition of wanting what you can't have.


Side note: I googled "fregetarian" to see what the rest of the web had to say. Not surprisingly, I'm not the first to coin the phrase. The search result returned with six unique references, three of which come from LJ.

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Jan. 4th, 2009 | 02:37 pm
location: Seattle

Ugh. Unpleasant experience with pushy girl behind me at the security line. I've barely had time to set down my first bag and she's already setting her stuff on the rolley-thing - right between my laptop bag and the bins I was retrieving. You don't cut someone off from their laptop bag. D'oh!

And isn't it just so awesome when people with problems turn the situation around and make it as if you were the problem? She keeps being pushy so I finally ask her to give me some space and she has the nerve to reply: "well, if it weren't for your attitude we wouldn't have a problem..." Oh, excuse me! Sorry for not being a pushover...

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my most favorite picture of Kuang so far

Jan. 4th, 2009 | 12:58 am


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reading the future

Dec. 12th, 2008 | 12:13 am
location: Seattle
mood: restlessrestless

I can see the bits and pieces floating about hazily. I feel like I ought to be collecting them into some formation of steps for the next "phase", the next thing. But it's all so unclear. I have no idea what the destination should look like. I do know that I am far from ready from even getting ready to start the journey.

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Thanksgiving 2008

Nov. 28th, 2008 | 05:31 pm
location: Seattle

Margaret and I cooked this year!

* Chile-Roasted Turkey with Chorizo-Corn Bread Stuffing *
* Tarragon Peas and Pearl Onions *
* Soothing Garlic Soup *
* Ginger-Roasted Parsnips *
* Oven roasted sweet potatoes *
* Roasted Fingerling Potatoes *
* Apple pie *
* Pumpkin pie *

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Jon Stewart, man of my heart

Sep. 5th, 2008 | 11:01 pm
mood: amusedamused

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Sarah Palin

Sep. 5th, 2008 | 10:56 am

I have never given money to a campaign before. There are plenty of non-profits who could better use my money. I have just made my first contribution to the Obama campaign.

I am angry about the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate. I think it's a joke the way she's positioned herself. And I am seriously offended that McCain thinks we women are stupid enough to flock to him just because he picks someone with a vagina. Does anybody seriously think that a man with her credentials would have even made it to the short list????? This is not why I work hard, and women I know work hard every day to prove ourselves equal to men. It's condescending and makes my heart burn.

She does not represent change. She will be a continuation of the Bush regime. Her short political career shows the same typical Washingtonian pandering to the lowbrow and switching of positions to get votes. She has shown serious ethical transgressions in abuse of power at the local level... There are questions about the way she ran her mayorial and gubernatorial administration. About the maternity of her last child. Bush has made the presidency of the United States of America a serious joke to the world in his eight years in the White House. And we want to further drag it down?

Someone told me "well, it's admirable that at least she stood by her morals and kept the baby even if it has Down Syndrom". And "even if the baby is her daughter's, that's a private matter, not for us to discuss". First of all, she had the choice. The same choice she would deny to American women. This woman has the right to her beliefs, but she wants to shove it down the rest of our throats. She is of the same ilk that preaches abstinence only. She would deny information to our young people, deny easy access to health care. Well guess what? It doesn't work. Just ask Bristol. Lucky for her Bristol has the support of her family. But what about the young girls across the country who don't have that kind of emotional and/or financial support? Talking about Sarah Palin's private choices or about Bristol is not an invasion of privacy because Sarah Palin is asking to be put into a position where she will have a say in all of our private matters. She is a continuation of the hypocrisy that is the right-wing family values.

The more I find out, the more this woman makes me shudder. She has no foreign policy experience, left her town of 9000 $20 million dollars in debt (Wasilla was in the black when she entered office), tried to practice censorship on the town library, is under investigation for using her position to try to bully people for personal reasons. In fact, she represents the exact gift for gab that the Republicans have been trying to attack Obama for. She has so little experience that they pad in her PTA work. She is running as the VP mate of a 71 year old man with a history of four malignant melanomas. Do we really want the chance of her in the Oval office???


I find it disturbing that when issues and questions are raised to Palin, she fights back not by talking about her policies or explaining herself. Rather, she hides behind "you are attacking me because I am a woman" whine. That's not how Hillary operated. That's not how I want the potential first woman vice president of the USA to represent herself. It's just not admirable. Ugh! I can't wait for the Biden/Palin debates.

further reading:
Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention
Palin: Anti Choice, Anti Birth Control
Abstinence-Only Sex Ed a bust? Just say maybe
McCain Discloses New Case Of Malignant Melanoma

On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain’s Bout With Melanoma

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no words...

Sep. 2nd, 2008 | 04:07 pm

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday was John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.


Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:

* She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
* Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
* She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
* Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
* She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5
* She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
* How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.

We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here's a sample:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK

She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK

I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team


1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008

2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008

3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008

4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006

5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008

6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008

"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008

"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008

7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008

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Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

Aug. 13th, 2008 | 10:40 am

Holy shit. This is making me angry...

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